About Us


Our Tutors

Derbyshire Riders branch of RoSPA Advanced Drivers and Riders is a friendly local advanced motorcycle group.  Our aim is to provide high quality advanced motorcycle training to existing motorcyclists in Derbyshire and surrounding counties.  While our main focus is motorcycle road safety, we maintain a friendly club atmosphere and aim to have fun riding our motorcycles as well.  We find a well trained rider is generally quicker on the road and safer than an untrained or self-taught rider.  In support of this vision the group aims to provide an active social network, featuring club meeting, guest speakers, functions and group social ride outs and riding, all aimed to develop skill and confidence.

Our team of experienced RoSPA Approved Tutors give their time on a voluntary basis, which makes joining us as affordable as possible.  Although we operate on a voluntary basis, this doesn’t mean compromising on quality;  our Tutor programme of testing, support and monitoring is thorough and ensures that tutoring is delivered to a very high standard all the time.

if you would like to improve your riding, why not come along and visit one of our regular club nights .  We will be happy to tell you more about ourselves and what we deliver.

The sections below contain a variety of information about us but please don’t hesitate to Contact Us for more information.


Our Aims, Values and Constitution

The aims of Derbyshire Riders are to encourage an interest in road safety, improve riding standards and help riders pass the RoSPA Advanced Riding Test.  Our values are to treat everyone fairly and equally, helping anyone who joins us to improve their riding skills and become a safer rider, regardless of their initial skill level or ability to take the RoSPA Advanced Riding Test.  Our constitution can be found here (Derbyshire RoSPA Constitution 2018-03-07)
 
The group is based in Derby, aims to support local bikers, but draws its membership from all over Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, north Leicestershire and north Staffs.
 
Should you come from further afield however, please do still Contact Us as we may be able to help, or put you in touch with another group who can.


Group Nights

 

We are pleased to confirm our continued partnership with our venue in 2019.  We meet in the upstairs large room at The Clock Warehouse on the third Tuesday of each month.

The Clock Warehouse, Shardlow, Derby, DE72 2GL

http://www.clockwarehousepub.co.uk/

Please check the exact dates in our Events Page.  If you’re thinking of joining or would simply like to find out more about what we do, why not drop in to see us and we’ll be pleased to welcome you.


Other Group Activities

Whilst advanced training is important to us, we also get up to a range of other things!  We are always open to suggestions and new ideas, but here are some examples of things we do:

Group Ride-outs.  We regularly arrange group rides and would be pleased for you to join us and our Events page contains details of forthcoming rides. The aim of the events is to provide a fun, safe and inclusive experience for all and prove popular for meeting new members and maintaining skills.  Guidance for the conduct and structure of group rides can be found in  Group Riding Guidance.

Social Events.  We are always keen to arrange social activities and would welcome your ideas and help in doing so. Activities might include joint events with other groups, trips to various shows or short breaks and touring holidays. See our Events page for details of forthcoming events.

Fundraising & Recruitment.  As a voluntary group, it is essential that we raise money to support our road safety aims and fund the activities of the group.  We are also always on the lookout for new members, and help in recruiting them is always much appreciated.


Our Tutors

 

All of our Tutors are experienced bikers with a passion for motorcycling, road safety and helping others to improve their riding. Find out more about them here.

Tutor Standards.  Our Tutors hold a minimum Gold grade RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle certificate and have completed a rigorous Tutor training and examination process before becoming a RoSPA Approved Tutor.  This tests their ability to tutor, their comprehensive knowledge of the Highway Code and Roadcraft and to ride safely with an Associate.

To ensure that standards are maintained, support is readily available from our Chief Training Officer and Group Advanced Tutors.

Tutors undergo regular monitoring from the Group Advanced Tutors as well as an annual check ride with our Chief Trainer. You will see our Group Tutors also leading ‘skills talks’ at our monthly club meetings.

Independent to their Tutor activities, they also have to re-take the RoSPA Advanced Motorcycle Test every 3 years, the same as any other RoSPA member.

All of our Tutors give their time on a voluntary basis.  In recognition of this, we ask those undertaking any tutoring to:

  • give as much notice as possible if they are unable to make a tutoring session
  • be on time for tutoring sessions with sufficient fuel for a reasonable ride
  • arrive for every session ready to learn
  • have completed all agreed practice and reading requested of them
  • give their Tutor feedback
  • offer their Tutor a contribution towards running costs (see Fees & Joining for more info)